The Advancement Plan
The responsibility of a Scout’s advancement in Cub Scouting lies with the family and not with the Pack. Some advancement requirements are done at den meetings, but many are done at home with your family. In the Webelos years the advancement shifts to training the Cubs into a more Boy Scout-like environment.
A boy or girl’s first step after registering as a Cub Scout, regardless of their age, is to pass the Bobcat Requirements. They are:
- Learning to say the Scout Oath and the Scout Law, with help, if needed.
- Show the Cub Scout Sign, Handshake, and Salute. Tell what they mean
- Say the Cub Scout Motto and explain what it means.
- Review “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse” with your child.
After receiving the Bobcat badge, each scout works on requirements based on his or her grade level.
As a Lion, your kindergartner will make friends, laugh loud, gain confidence, discover nature, and most of all…have fun! They’ll experience the Scouting concepts of character development, leadership, citizenship, and personal fitness through engaging and exciting adventures!! Kindergarteners will have a blast exploring the world around them in ways that fuel their imagination and creativity. Together, they’ll take their first steps down the path to success. Lion Scouts do not earn Bobcat, but we will slowly introduce Bobcat requirements to our Lion Scout so when it’s time for them to Earn Bobcat, they are ready!
The Tiger program is for first-grade boys and girls and their adult partners. There are six Tiger adventures to complete and one elective. The Tiger, working with his or her adult partner, completes these six adventures to earn the Tiger rank. These requirements consist of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a child in the first grade. The tiger program is successful only with full parent participation in each and every meeting and adventure. As your Tigers adult partner, you participate in the den meetings side by side with your child under the guidance of your Tiger Den Leader who plans and guides the dens activities.
The Wolf program is for boys and girls who have completed 1st grade. To earn the Wolf badge, a scout must pass 6 adventure loop requirements and one elective. There are also optional electives that can be completed for additional adventure loops.
The Bear rank is for boys and girls who have completed 2nd grade. There are 6 adventure loops for Bears to complete. These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf rank. There are also optional electives that can be completed for additional adventure loops.
The Webelos Scout Program prepares boys and girls who have completed third grade or are age 10 but have not yet completed fifth grade or reached age 11 1/2 to bridge into a Boy Scout Troop. Pronounced “WEE-buh-los”, the word “Webelos” means WE’ll BE LOyal Scouts. After earning the Bobcat badge, a scout may earn the Webelos Badge and Arrow of Light Award. The Webelos Program is more challenging than Tiger, Wolf, and Bear programs for younger Cub Scouts. Webelos Scouts take part in Cub Scout pack meetings and activities as well as Webelos den meetings, activities, and outdoor fun.